The purpose of the Mixed Heritage Voices study is to give mixed heritage individuals an opportunity to share their unique experiences, thoughts, and feelings about their journey navigating through multiple heritages in a primarily monoethnic/monoacial society.

We use the term "mixed heritage" so that we can be inclusive of those who are biracial (i.e., have parents from two different races) and also those who are monoracial but are biethnic (i.e., parents are from two different ethnicities but can be the same race     e.g., Mom is Chinese and Dad is Filipino).


Why is this important?

Multiple race/ethnicity is one of the fastest growing demographic groups in the U.S. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010). Since 2000, there has been a 32% increase in self-identifying mixed heritage individuals. Despite their clearly growing numbers, this important demographic is ignored in almost all analyses of educational achievement (e.g., Chen, 2009) and many statistical reports. Furthermore, there is a dearth of research on mixed heritage individuals' identity development and its relation to other aspects of their lives, including overall well-being and academic pathways. 


Let your Mixed Heritage Voice be heard!

Do you want to share your perspective on being mixed heritage? 

Take part in the completely anonymous, confidential online survey:

You may be selected to receive a $10 Amazon gift card for participating in an online interview about your thoughts and experiences growing up Mixed Heritage!

National Science Foundation

This work is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship under Grant No. DGE 1339067.

Famous Mixed Heritage Individuals

Barack Obama

44th President of the United States Born: August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii Mother: Stanley Ann Dunham, born in Kansas, U.S.A. Father: Barack Obama Sr., born in Nyanza Province, Kenya  Other posts of possible interest:

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and choreographer. Born: October 8, 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii Mother: Bernadette San Pedro Bayot  – Filipino heritage Father: Pete Hernandez – Puerto Rican, Ukranian, Hungarian heritage Other posts of possible interest: Official website:

Ariana Myamoto

Ariana Miyamoto

Miss Japan 2015 Born: May 12, 1994 in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan Mother: Japanese heritage Father: African-American heritage Other posts of possible interest:  

Kyla Ross

2012 Olympic Gymnastics Gold Medalist Born: October 24, 1996 in Honolulu, Hawaii Mother: Kiana Ross – Filipina and Puerto Rican heritage Father: Jason Ross – Black and Japanese heritage Other posts of possible interest: